Okay, first off, I have been working 7 days a week - not because business is good, but because business is bad enough that my place of business is down to a skeleton crew and I was one of the few lucky enough to still be there - so my time on the computer isn't what it used to be and I have been very bad at getting to emails. If you've sent me an email and I haven't answered yet there's a pretty good chance that I will eventually. I'm really trying to answer all of 'em. I'm sorry...
Secondly, I have been getting a lot of complaints lately and I have removed a few posts because people who were in a band 30 years ago think they should be spending the money to put their music on cd and start charging 2011 prices for music that people stopped buying 13 years ago. I'm cool with that. The whole reason that I post this music is to make it available. If the band wants to make it available I'm 100% on their side. I am willing to promote any of the bands I have ever posted on this blog if they ever have anything to sell. We are all on the same side here. I promote ska music over any of the other trends of the day. Don't ostracize the small fan base you have left by acting high-and-mighty.
If your attorney spells the word you as u I'm going to have a a hard time taking him seriously. Why go through the trouble of legal action to begin with when you could just talk to me as a person first? It'll work out better for all of us if you did.
...forget it...this is an effete argument...
...Tone and Wave is on the verge of being shut down. I have recently taken over a friend's blog Napomm. I have done the last couple of posts and I'll continue doing more, he gave up on it so it's my blog now. I won't be posting much ska on Napomm unless T&W is shut down then I'll continue over there.
Thanks for wasting a moment of your life reading this...if you have another 5 minutes to waste watch THIS
Before there was Let's Go Bowling there was The Kyber Rifles. From 1981 to 1985 they were California's premiere ska band and this is their only release. It's a 7" record in a 7"x9" sleeve. There is talk that they will be releasing these songs on cd someday. I will remove this post if I find out they are going through with it. They did record other songs (as you can see on their Myspace) so I know I'll be buying the cd. I recommend you do the same.
Maybe they recorded a studio version of their rendition of Gangsters which was great live:
A1 - 100 Problems A2 - Rock Head B1 - Generation Gap B2 - I'll Never Forget
Andy Pandemonium was formed in the late summer of 1979 in the South Wales industrial town of Llanelli. The band members had played together previously in various combinations on the local scene, but the summer of 1979 saw keyboard player Paul “Nick” Nicholas write a series of distinctive songs that effectively combined the eccentricity of the less self-indulgent aspects of 1970s British rock with the urgency and energy of the post-punk new wave. Nick had previously featured in Llanelli-based folk rockers Carraig Aonair alongside drummer Pete Mason, and the pair had previously played with guitarist John “Sioni” Davies and bassist Gareth Phillips in numerous local ventures. Aware of the need for audience friendly presentation of the material, the band decided to recruit singer, sax-player, accordionist and all round dramatic performer Roj to complete the line up. (more) (thanks to Bristolboy for the link!)
I have been after this record for a while and, as I had just received my tax return and, since the car decided to not have any major problems this year, I decided to indulge myself in a slightly expensive gift. The very day I was going to spend this paltry bit of money on this record Dudley from Antistereotypes sent me the songs. Both are friggin' great so I hope you appreciate them at least half as much as I do and, if you're not already accustomed, you need to check out Antistereotypes
Somebody sent me an email a couple years back about this one and they hinted that this was U2 with a female singer. I don't know that this information is true but, coincidentally, it was produced by Laurie Mellor who once organized a Christian retreat in the early 80s that U2 not only attended, but spoke at...and a recording was made:
The January 1981 retreat was held at the Gaines Christian Center in Worcester, England, and organized by Laurie Mellor as a Ghettout Music event. Mellor started Ghettout Music in 1980 as a recording and management company for motivating Christian musicians to leave the Christian music sub-culture behind for the mainstream music world.
...On the 45-minute recording, Bono, then 20, and Edge, 19, speak about their faith, the battles they face as Christians in the music business and their sense of what lies ahead for U2. They read Scripture, talk about justifying the expense of producing their next single ("Fire") in the face of global poverty, tell a few jokes and invite feedback from the audience.
I know very little about these (as far as who was in the band at the time, or what years they were from, etc.). Thanks to Laszlo for sending these to me many years ago and thanks to the person who originally transferred the tapes to mp3. I don't know who you are but I thank you!!
Skull-A-Ball demo 1 untitled 2 untitled 3 Willie's Work Song
This episode was just supposed to be a re-cap on the last 3 years of the blog. It was going to focus not on the things that were downloaded most, but things that were downloaded the least. Before I started putting sound clips there were a lot of things that got very little interest based either on my minimal description, or, I don't know...maybe the cover wasn't conducive enough to what you thought a ska cover should look like. Who knows? I already have episode 6 in the works (it won't take as long as this one did) but I will probably do the re-cap in episode 7.
Speaking of covers..I figure that I had to do this one at some point so here it is. It's cheesy, yes, but it had to be done.
This episode is chock-full of the big names: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, The Cure, Simply Red, Blondie, Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger...
Oh yeah, that little clip at the beginning was John Lennon in 1971 during the rehearsal of How Do You Sleep from the Imagine album. He recommends playing it as a reggae song. In the end it didn't wind up that way. Damn shame that.